Officer Found Guilty of Shouting Slur at Crawford
Then after having wrist surgery this past offseason, Crawford missed the entire first half of the 2012 season.
Yeah, not the ideal start to his tenure in Boston blue and red.
On the bright side, in his first two games back, Crawford’s 4 for 7 with 4 runs scored and 3 stolen bases.
On the dark side, however, is another racism-centered headline courtesy of an angry Boston fan.
On July 5th in Manchester, New Hampshire, during his rehab assignment with the Portland Sea Dogs, Crawford was signing autographs before the game when a man in the crowd called him a “Monday” (see definition number 6). The term “Monday” is used as a discrete way of saying the N-word, meaning the same thing without making as blatant a remark. Crawford took it extremely personal: “I’m from Texas and I’ve never had to go through that kind of stuff before. It was kind of the first time it was just so much in your face like that,” he explained.
The man who uttered the offensive comments – to make matters all the worse – happened to be John A. Perrault, a police officer from Leominster, Massachusetts. Today, the mayor of Leominster, Dean Mazzarella, announced that an internal investigation found Perrault guilty of Crawford’s claims. A public disciplinary hearing is scheduled for next week and Perrault is currently on administrative leave.
Mazzarella said that the important detail for the investigation wasn’t whether the term “Monday” was officially a racial epithet or not, but the fact that Crawford felt offended by the word; not as much what was said, but how he said it.
Not only does this incident come during a key time where the Red Sox are trying to keep up in the American League playoff race, but happens to come in the wake of the Joel Ward fiasco, another instance where angry Boston fans let their emotions get the best of them.
It’s so painful to see a few foolish and tempered fans put a bad name to their team’s faithful followers. And what’s possibly worse is that it could prevent other athletes from wanting to play in front of a notoriously offensive crowd.
The Sox are reportedly seeking interest on the market for Crawford, particularly from the Dodgers and Marlins, but with Crawford’s contract, the right deal may be hard to come by. If he does indeed stay with Boston, hopefully he won’t let this one fan’s stupidity tarnish his entire perception of Boston fans and maybe help the Red Sox find their way into the AL playoff picture by finding his groove again.